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Govt Chief Whip: Kadaga Saved Parliament from Coup

Ruth Nankabirwa

The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa has said the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga saved the institution from a possible coup last week.

According to Nankabirwa, who controls the government or the NRM side of the floor, some legislators against the controversial presidential age limit amendment wanted to overthrow the authority of Parliament, but the Speaker stood her ground and foiled the attempt.

“There was a possible coup on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday 27th December 2017. I commend the Right Honorable Kadaga for saving Parliament from coup,” Nankabirwa said during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning.

She stressed that it was unfortunate for MPs who are primarily supposed to protect the sanctity of Parliament instead turned around and created a situation to undermine the house.

“It is so sad that the authority of Parliament was being threatened by its own members. The very members supposed to be proud of the house and protect it unfortunately turned around,” she stressed.

On Wednesday last week, suspended MPs against the now formal Constitutional Amendment Bill (2) were forcefully removed from the Chambers by security operatives.

The authorities at Parliament and supporters of Kadaga have maintained that she followed the Rules of Procedure of the house during the two days standoff.

The rules gives the Speaker powers to suspend and eject “grossly disorderly” members.

“The Speaker, or Chairperson shall order any member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House or Committee for the remainder of the day’s sitting; and the clerk or the Sergeant-at-arms shall act on such orders as he or she may receive from the Speaker or chairperson to ensure compliance.”

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